New Releases For The Week Of September 4th, 2022–Part 3

A tense and claustrophobic mystery set in the Montana wilderness starring Nora Best.

Nora Best is starting her life over . . . again. Spotting a ‘team leader’ job with a therapy program for troubled girls at Serendipity Ranch, Nora thinks it’s the perfect role. She’ll be surrounded by the beautiful Montana wilderness and be able to make a difference in the kids’ lives.

All is going well until it’s revealed a girl recently died at the ranch. The other girls are struggling with the loss. The official line is she jumped from a cliff, but she was afraid of heights and would have struggled to get there alone.

As trouble at the ranch escalates and another shocking discovery is made, Nora’s determined to find out the truth to protect the girls. However, with her recent troubles, the local community, police and program leaders won’t take her seriously. Can Nora overcome her past to help the girls, or are the girls using her past to help themselves? (Amazon)

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The #1 New York Times bestselling author presents a gripping new thriller that pits homicide detective Eve Dallas against a conspiracy of exploitation and evil…

New York, 2061: The place called the Pleasure Academy is a living nightmare where abducted girls are trapped, trained for a life of abject service while their souls are slowly but surely destroyed. Dorian, a thirteen-year-old runaway who’d been imprisoned there, might never have made it out if not for her fellow inmate Mina, who’d hatched the escape plan. Mina was the more daring of the two—but they’d been equally desperate.

Unfortunately, they didn’t get away fast enough. Now Dorian is injured, terrified, and wandering the streets of New York, and Mina lies dead near the waterfront while Lt. Eve Dallas looks over the scene.

Mina’s expensive, elegant clothes and beauty products convince Dallas that she was being groomed, literally and figuratively, for sex trafficking—and that whoever is investing in this high-overhead operation expects windfall profits. Her billionaire husband, Roarke, may be able to help, considering his ties to the city’s ultra-rich. But Roarke is also worried about the effect this case is having on Dallas, as it brings a rage to the surface she can barely control. No matter what, she must keep her head clear–because above all, she is desperate for justice and to take down those who prey on and torment the innocent. (Amazon)

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Eve Duncan’s daughter Jane MacGuire seems to have found a perfect life with Seth Caleb—until a ruthless madman threatens to destroy it all, in this gripping suspense novel from #1 bestselling author Iris Johansen.
 
Jane MacGuire is enjoying a period of domestic bliss as she focuses on her art and her partner Seth Caleb uses his unique abilities as an agent for the MI6 intelligence service.  But when Seth crosses crime lord Hugh Bohdan, he incurs the wrath of one of the world’s most powerful criminal empires…one whose tentacles reach across the globe and even to the idyllic Scottish retreat where Jane is working.  
 
Soon Jane is on the run, struggling to stay one step ahead of Bohdan’s army and his devastating high-tech weaponry. Even with the assistance of Earl John MacDuff, she finds danger at every turn.  But with that peril comes an astonishing discovery: a 200-year-old secret on the brink of becoming lost to history.
 
Jane and Seth must join forces to unlock the fascinating puzzle, even as they hurtle toward a lethal final confrontation in the Highlands.  But before their adventure is over, Jane and Seth will encounter their biggest shock of all…and realize nothing can be the same for them ever again.  (Amazon)

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A break-up. An act of kindness. And the consequences turn deadly.

Inspector Rebecca Mayfield returns to homicide after being place on administrative leave, but she’sassigned to desk duty. While she seethes at this latest restriction, boyfriend Richie Amalfi can’t believe she’d gone back there to work after all that has happened. He’s even more furious when the former partner who caused her to nearly be killed reappears seeking forgiveness.

Not only is Rebecca’s personal life in complete turmoil, but someone is killing women who join an online dating site. Rebecca becomes involved when a friend is accused of the murders, making her restricted duties intolerable. Can she continue to watch from her desk, doing nothing, or will she dare to go rogue without Richie or the SFPD watching her back?

Rebecca faces life-altering decisions in the latest installment of this not-to-be-missed, best-selling mystery series.

Start with One O’Clock Hustle, and the hours seem to fly by … (Amazon)

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A fifty-year-old cold case involving California royalty comes back to life—with potentially fatal consequences—in this gripping standalone novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series.

A magnificent house, vast formal gardens, a golden family that shaped California, and a colorful past filled with now-famous artists: the Gardener Estate was a twentieth-century Eden.

And now, just as the Estate is preparing to move into a new future, restoration work on some of its art digs up a grim relic of the home’s past: a human skull, hidden away for decades.

Inspector Raquel Laing has her work cut out for her. Fifty years ago, the Estate’s young heir, Rob Gardener, turned his palatial home into a counterculture commune of peace, love, and equality. But that was also a time when serial killers preyed on innocents—monsters like The Highwayman, whose case has just surged back into the public eye.

Could the skull belong to one of his victims?

To Raquel—a woman who knows all about colorful pasts—the bones clearly seem linked to The Highwayman. But as she dives into the Estate’s archives to look for signs of his presence, what she unearths begins to take on a dark reality all of its own.

Everything she finds keeps bringing her back to Rob Gardener himself. While he might be a gray-haired recluse now, back then he was a troubled young Vietnam vet whose girlfriend vanished after a midsummer festival at the Estate.

But a lot of people seem to have disappeared from the Gardener Estate that summer when the commune mysteriously fell apart: a young woman, her child, and Rob’s brother, Fort.

The pressure is on, and Raquel needs to solve this case—before The Highwayman slips away, or another Gardener vanishes. (Amazon)

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When two seemingly unconnected mysterious deaths occur on his watch, police chief Jesse Stone must pull out all the stops to unravel the truth and stop a killer from striking again.

The small town of Paradise is devastated when a star high-school baseball player is found dead at the bottom of a bluff just a day after winning the team’s biggest game. For Jesse, the loss is doubly difficult—the teen was the nephew of his colleague, Suitcase Simpson, and Jesse had been coaching the young shortstop. As he searches for answers about how the boy died and why, he is stonewalled at every turn, and it seems that someone is determined to keep him from digging further.
 
Jesse suddenly must divide his attention between two cases after the shocking murder of former Paradise police chief, Charlie Farrell. Before his death, Farrell had been looking into a series of scam calls that preyed upon the elderly. But how do these “ghost calls” connect to his murder? When threats—and gunshots—appear on Jesse’s own doorstep, the race to find answers is on. Both old and new enemies come into play, and in the end, Jesse and his team must discover the common factor between the two deaths in order to prevent a third. (Amazon)

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“Step aside Miss Marple, Eugenia Potter, and Kinsey Millhone— Georgia O’Keeffe is the new sleuth in town! Kathryn Lasky brings the rich imagination of her YA and Juvenile books to Light On Bone, a stunning, suspenseful adult mystery. Vivid prose brushstrokes bring the legendary artist, the Southwest landscape she loved, and a complicated plot with historical and imagined characters to life.”— Katherine Hall Page, author of the award-winning Faith Fairchild series.Kathryn Lasky has written an exciting new adult amateur sleuth mystery set in New Mexico in the 1930s. The sleuth is Georgia O’Keefe, who actually did suffer a nervous breakdown in 1933 when her husband Alfred Stieglitz had a somewhat public affair, was hospitalized for psychiatric treatment, and then traveled to the Ghost Ranch in New Mexico to paint. O’Keefe was approaching the peak of her fame and success, having just sold a painting for a record price. The narrative begins when she discovers the slain body of a priest in the desert. The plot includes several other murders, Georgia’s burgeoning romance with the local sheriff, an international espionage plot involving Charles Lindbergh (who is staying at the ranch with his wife Anne), and lots of intricate twists and turns leading to a thoroughly unforeseen denouement. The strength of this story is how Lasky’s elegant writing captures the emotional depth of this artist’s turmoil and so stunningly reveals O’Keeffe’s perception of the landscape that moves her to paint. It is not simply a who-dunnit mystery, but much more: It is a narrative of healing and resurrection of spirit. (Amazon)

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In the midst of ‘sort of’ planning a wedding and helping Nellie Smith, Port Danby’s mayor, figure out what is wrong with Marty Tate, the town’s beloved lighthouse keeper, Lacey gets pulled into her favorite pastime—solving a murder. While two neighbors engage in a well-publicized feud about a new oversized barn, one of them winds up dead. Was it the enraged neighbor? Lacey soon discovers the victim has more than one enemy and there are plenty of motives to go around.

Book 19 of the Port Danby Cozy Mystery series

More in the series:
1. Marigolds and Murder
2. Carnations and Chaos
3. Mistletoe and Mayhem
4. Roses and Revenge
5. Tulips and Trouble
6. Dahlias and Death
7. Peonies and Poison
8. Hyacinths and Homicide
9. Crocuses and Crime
10. Sunflowers and Sabotage
11. Lavender and Lies
12. Freesias and Foul Play
13. Cornflowers and Corpses
14. Jasmine and Jealousy
15. Shamrocks and Shenanigans
16. Thistles and the Unthinkable
17. Holly and Horror
18. Violets and Vengeance
19. Daisies and Destruction
20. Lilacs and Liability (Amazon)

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Hi! I’m Dove Agnew, former successful dress designer who was living the high life in New York, until my sleazy business partner used my business to move his drugs, leaving me to pack my ruined reputation and move back home to the tiny town of Harland Creek.

Despite the setback, all was going relatively well until I found Gertrude Brown’s body on the floor of my mom’s quilt shop. Now, rumors are flying and all eyes are on me. I’m a murder suspect! Even my ex-boyfriend, the current chief of police, is suspicious of me.

Now, it’s up to me to clear my name and find out who the real killer is before someone else gets hurt. But I’m going to need help, and the Harland Creek Quilters, and a goat named Petunia, are just the group to get things done.

Welcome to the new series set in the beloved town of Harland Creek.

With the quilting club ladies and a sidekick, which happens to be a goat, this book will keep you guessing and laughing out loud! (Amazon)

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The last book and stunning conclusion of the Hot Dog Detective series!

McFarland has finally got his life in order.

Kicked his addiction and turned his life around? Check.

New career as a Private Investigator? Check.

And most importantly…

The woman he’s loved all along finally agreed to marry him? Check.

But he also has gained one more thing… enemies.

And his enemies know that the way to hurt him is to hurt his partner and fiancé, Cynthia Pierson.

Now she’s gone and McFarland is racing the clock to find her before the enemy exacts unimaginably cruel revenge…

Click to order it today! (Amazon)